Professional and Employment Background .                                

  • Attorney in private practice, arbitrator and mediator, 2009 to present  Web site: www.adriancolley.com. Member, California and New York Bars.  Member, roster of arbitrators, the American Arbitration Association, and a FINRA Dispute Resolution Arbitrator. 
  • Member of the Law Departments of Gulf Oil and Chevron Corporations, 1980 to 2009. Litigation partner and Middle East resident partner in Dubai, UAE, and Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, of a New York City  law firm, Burke & Burke, Leighton, Daniels and Reid ( the “firm”), 1969 to 1980.
  • Vice Chairman of the Business Law Section of the California State Bar Association, 2000 to 2001, and Chairman of its Corporate Law Departments Committee, 1998 to 2000.
  • Member, American Bar Association, International Bar Association and the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, having been  on the drafting committee for the first AIPN international JOA.  Past member, the Advisory Board of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration, Dallas, Texas,  as well as a participant in the industry International Rule of Law Committee in Washington, D.C.

Litigation Expertise and Experience.  

  • Associate, and Litigation Partner, of the firm engaged in corporate work and substantial federal and state court  commercial, securities and corporate litigation in New York and other jurisdictions at the administrative, trial and appellate ( e.g., the New York Court of Appeals) level, including high profile oil and gas securities matters (SEC v. Clinton Oil Company and related civil actions) and AAA arbitrated construction matters.

General Commercial, Contracting and Corporate Matters.

  • Senior Counsel and Managing Corporate Counsel, Chevron Corporation, involved in  Chevron’s acquisitions of  Texaco, Unocal and Gulf. Head, Chevron-Gulf Legal Merger Task Force. Instrumental in the development of Chevron’s contracting and procurement forms and procedures.  Advised on FCPA and antitrust matters, securities offerings and a catalyst joint venture.
  • Member, legal committee, the oil industry Marine Preservation Association, established under the U. S. Oil Pollution Act of 1990.
  • Provided corporate and securities law advice to corporate groups, the Secretary’s Office and the oil and gas operations of the former Getty Oil Company.  Counseled Chevron charitable foundations and Corporate Aircraft and Treasury Banking  units.

Venture Capital and Start Up Investments In the Energy Sector.   

  • Counsel for Chevron’s  CTTV Investments, LLC in its numerous global venture capital investments funded through its substantial internal venture capital funds as well as for Chevron’s other start up investments, in particular, in the alternate energy technology space. These included comparable investments made by Texaco Inc. and Unocal prior to their acquisition by Chevron. As counsel for Chevron was also involved in many of the legal issues of the start up companies in which Chevron had invested.

Global Oil and Gas Matters.

  • Vice President and General Counsel, Chevron Overseas Petroleum Inc.,  San Francisco, responsible for some time for the legal aspects of Chevron’s global upstream operations, including the negotiation and drafting of various oil and gas agreements, supervision of litigation and arbitrations, including an ICC arbitration in Zurich, and energy procurement, engineering, operating and project finance agreements for Chevron operations such as the Australian North West Shelf LNG Project, on whose legal committee I served.

United Kingdom and European Oil and Gas Matters.

  • Head, Gulf London law office, 1984 to 1985, responsible for the legal aspects of Gulf’s upstream and downstream operations in the North Sea, Europe, the Middle East .

Middle East, African and Other Global Oil and Gas Legal Matters.

  • Senior Counsel, Gulf Oil Corporation, international legal group,  Houston, 1980 to 1985, responsible for the legal aspects of Gulf’s upstream and downstream operations in the Middle East, including those in Saudi Arabia (refining joint venture), Oman, UAE (Ras al Khaimah), Qatar (upstream petroleum agreements), Bahrain and Iran. Involved with Gulf’s activities in Africa including Nigeria, Angola (including a $150 million Cabinda Gas Project Financing), Zaire, Cameroon and Gabon.  Gulf counsel for Gulf’s leadership role in the Industry Advisory Committee of the International Energy Agency. Responsibility for the legal aspects of Gulf’s participation in the Iran Oil Consortium and Gulf’s and the Consortium’s protracted claim against Iran before the Iran – U.S. Claims Tribunal in The Hague.

Middle East Resident Partner - Dubai, UAE, and Muscat, Sultanate of Oman.

  • Middle East Resident Partner of the firm in Dubai and in Muscat, where the firm was counsel to the government of the Sultanate of Oman, and advised various international construction (Skanska, Strabag, Saipem), petroleum (Amoco, Caltex), banking (Citibank, British Bank of the Middle East), and financial (International Finance Corporation) companies in Dubai and Muscat.

Corporate Expertise and Experience.  

  • Corporate Associate in the New York City law firm of Rogers, Hoge and Hills, involved in the representation of various large corporations (e.g., Bacardi, AMF, Sterling Drug) and securities firms in general corporate, securities and labor (e,g., an NLRB proceeding about a refusal to arbitrate} matters, including mergers and acquisitions (e,g., in the energy sector) and securities offerings.


  • MBA,  Columbia Business School
  • JD,      Columbia Law School
  • AB,      Princeton University, Summa Cum Laude

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